I'm so glad it's Friday. I've spent the morning at home by myself, puttering. The laundry has been going since 7:30, the kitchen and bathrooms are clean and now I'm relaxing. There's something very satisfying for me in getting the housework done. I wouldn't call myself a clean freak, oh no. I'm not obsessive about cleaning or organizing, but I find a lot of balance, we'll say, in completing these tasks. Knowing they're done, knowing I could invite anyone in here most of the time and have the house be presentable at least, makes me happy. I like an orderly home, but I'm not necessarily after an immaculate one. I also have a weird thing where I truly enjoy having the washer and dryer going. It's something about the noise of it, at the back of the house in the utility room going out to the garage. It's working, getting the job done. I like the sound as much as the idea of it. The clean clothes are nice too.
We've had a hectic week and I'm relishing the quiet and solitude of my morning. The LB was back in the hospital earlier in the week for a follow-up surgery. This one was minor compared to the one he had in July, and only required a very long day in the hospital. They sent us home and we nearly ended up back in the emergency room that night. There was reason to believe that complications were arising. In the end, we didn't go. He seemed okay after a while and it was late, so we stayed home and watched him carefully. I began to think that keeping him overnight in the hospital would have been a good idea, at least that first night. He seems better now and says he feels the best he has since before the surgery in July. I think it's because the stents were removed this week; they must have been irritating. Yesterday, I watched him riding his bicycle around and around the back patio with a big grin on his face. He hadn't ridden since the beginning of July and he was so happy. He can run and jump and climb now, and I am so thrilled for him, I can't even tell you how happy it makes me to see this boy play again, and just in time for his double-digit birthday the week after next.
What do you have planned for the weekend? We're going to spend the rest of Friday at home, once I've picked up the small Bears from school this afternoon. We're ordering a pizza for dinner tonight. We have music lessons for both children tomorrow and some homeschool projects to finish in time for classroom presentations in the next couple of weeks for both of them. I plan to crochet and light my new candle, a pear-scented Yankee jar candle I bought last week. I have to buy groceries. I think we'll stick close to home otherwise, resting up after our stressful week and enjoying these last few weeks of real Indian summer weather. It almost always seems like October blows in with a storm, shrouding the mountain and leaving a glaze of white on the peaks. September is for savoring.
Thank you for your interest in a winter-project check-in! Many of you said you might be interested in participating and I'm really excited about that. I was thinking we could have them on the first weekend of each month. I'd post a link-up, as part of my own post about my winter project. The link-up would be open for a week. You can add your post to the link-up here. Any kind of project is welcome - knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, etc. I'd only ask that you link back to my post in yours, to help spread the word about the link-up; the more the merrier. Please join me for the first winter-project link-up in October!